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Premier League Could Face Setback To October Plans



It had been hoped that Newcastle fans would be back at St James Park to watch the new-look Magpies when we take on Burnley the first weekend in October. Recent reports suggested that was when the Premier League would open stadiums back up to supporters in a limited capacity.

However, new comments from Prime Minister Boris Johnson has cast some doubt on that happening. The Mirror has published the following comments from the Prime Minister after a recent uptick in coronavirus cases hit the UK:

“We must revise plans to pilot larger audiences in stadiums & review our intention to return audiences to stadiums from the 1st October.

“That doesn’t mean we’re going to scrap the program entirely. It just means we are going to review and abridge it.

“Organized sport will still be able to proceed.”

These comments are concerning and could see the date fans return to stadiums delayed indefinitely. This would be a dire development for the Premier League and it’s member clubs who are already reeling from lost revenues.

Premier League chief Richard Masters today responded to the news of this potential setback. Here’s what Masters told BBC Sport:

“We have to get back to fans inside stadia as quickly as possible – that’s the big thing that’s missing, economic or otherwise – we need fans back inside stadiums for all sorts of reasons and it’s the number one priority.

“It doesn’t lower our ambitions – it just means that we’ll have to adapt – it’s one thing we’ve shown over recent months, we’re able to adapt to the situation.

“We wait to see what impact it has on the government’s testing program, and permissions it’s going to give, and also on that crucial 1 October date. We wait to see what the government decides and we’ll remain in dialogue with them throughout.

“We always knew September was going to be a difficult month at the start of the return to normality the government was talking about, and so we should anticipate bumps in the road.”

It looks like Masters is committed to getting fans back as soon as possible, though that’s not going to happen without the government’s consent. So we’ll see where this goes from here but it does look like another ‘bump in the road’ for now.

Masters was also asked about Newcastle’s recent takeover collapse today. NUFC 360 has tweeted the following clip of Masters on the takeover.

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43 comments so far

  • DONK

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, could you please stop using that picture

    4
  • DONK

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Could somebody also ask him about the Saudi sponsorship of Manchester united?

    10
  • GhostToon

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree, we really dont want to see that smug mofo’s face all over the blog!

    Not unless its a post about him resigning or being sued lol.

    2
  • Yacka

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Masters used a lot of words to say absolutely jack sh1te

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  • GhostToon

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Could someone also ask him how much the Qatar government bribed him as in June he blatantly lied and said there were no red flags or issues for the consortium.

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  • GhostToon

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Can someone also ask him why he looks so smug all the time and where did he buy those cheap shirts from.

    3
  • NorwichToon

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Hi all. I’ve not posted on here for years, since I ‘scouted’ Anita and Abeid in some pre-season friendlies they had against Norwich. I keep meaning to post and have read the blog for many years, but there’s a couple of things I’d like to share/ask. I’ve played FF for years and have just done my team, so if there are any league spaces, I’d love to get involved! I’m not on social media though to receive codes, which could be problematic. I still think that 1-2 injuries (Wilson/Maxi/Lascelles) would really screw us over – yes we have depth but not enough. On that note, does anyone have any gen on Langley? Looking forward to posting a bit more.

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  • lesh

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #8

    NorwichToon

    Welcome back; it’s good to see former posters return to the fold.

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  • Mund

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #9

    NorwichToon

    I’ll make sure to get the code put up by someone who knows it so keep your eyes peeled

    3
  • GhostToon

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Can someone also ask him why he is as pleasant as an itchy a@$ehole.

    5
  • Online Guy

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Are we signing Holding ?

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  • Online Guy

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Are we signing Holding ?

    0
  • Mund

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #13

    OLG

    Looks to stay with Arsenal

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  • jane

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #14

    “The Newcastle-born goalkeeper put pen to paper on a first professional contract with his boyhood club in 2019.

    Langley, who went to St. Benet-Biscop Catholic Academy in Bedlington, is a goalkeeper who stands at 6’7″.

    The 18-year-old featured heavily for Dave Watson’s under-18 squad last term before progressing to under-23 level.

    After joining United’s Academy at the age of 16 following an impressive trial, Langley looks to emulate the likes of shot-stoppers Tim Krul and Freddie Woodman, both of whom excelled in United’s youth system before featuring between the sticks for Newcastle’s first team. ”

    https://www.nufc.co.uk/teams/first-team/dan-langley/

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  • Online Guy

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Thanks Mund

    I had a joke lined up if he signed .

    0
  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #16

    No

    0
  • Online Guy

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #17

    The centre half’s Holding the midfielders Longstaff.

    2
  • Online Guy

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Or centre back if you like.

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  • Dondatta13

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Sky Spirts News… PL has REJECTED Staveleys bid…

    Ashley considering legal action!

    3
  • Dondatta13

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Sky Sports News… PL has REJECTED Staveleys bid…

    Ashley considering legal action!

    4
  • Mund

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #21

    BREAKING: Newcastle United have confirmed The Premier League have officially rejected Amanda Staveley’s Saudi-backed takeover of the club. Mike Ashley, who is currently on Tyneside, is now understood to be considering his legal options. #NUFCTakeover

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  • Dondatta13

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Well well well…

    Let the games begin!

    How many weeks has that decision taken?

    3
  • Mund

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Wow. #nufc confirm the PL rejected the Staveley takeover and say:

    “The club and its owners do not accept executive Richard Masters and the Premier League have acted appropriately in relation to this matter and will be considering all relevant options available to them.”

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  • Mund

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Come on Mike get it done

    3
  • hexhamtoon

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #25

    It’s a shame Leeds beat us to Robin Koch
    The CB’s Holding his partner’s Koch

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  • Mund

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #26

    NUFC 360 Retweeted

    Keith Downie
    @SkySports_Keith
    ·
    38s
    In statement, Ashley says he “understands fans’ frustrations”
    and “wants to reassure them that he has been fully committed to ensuring the takeover process reached completion.” They say “he continues to be fully supportive to Steve Bruce, the players and all the staff.”

    3
  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #27

    It’s been reported that the Prem have officially rejected the Saudi backed bid and Mike Ashley is now considering the legal options

    3
  • Mund

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Mike Ashley now “considering his legal options” and this is the first official confirmation that he may sue the Premier League.

    It feels odd to say this.

    Newcastle United fans are rooting for Mike Ashley here. #nufc

    4
  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #29

    That tells me something was happening in the background 100%

    Let the shitshow begin

    5
  • swemag

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Club just put out a statement regarding the takeover. Wow, NUFC talking.

    2
  • Mund

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Club statement: “Newcastle United can confirm that the Premier League has rejected a takeover bid made by PCP Capital Partners, the Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) based on its Owners and Directors test.” #nufc

    2
  • Mund

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #32

    Continued: “Mike Ashley understands fans’ frustrations and would like to reassure them that he has been fully committed to ensuring this takeover process reached completion as he felt it was in the best interests of the club:” #nufc

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  • Mund

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #33

    Sorry for anyone effected but Mr Positivity is back.

    Cummmmon telling you now Ashley could very well become our saviour as he departs

    3
  • Moonraker15

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Wow! I knew there was something going on! Masters rejected the bid! C’mon Mikey take the pr1ck to the cleaners!

    4
  • Our Toon

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #35

    Shows how much Ashley wants this deal to go through in my opinion, clearly he doesn’t want to be the owner and nor do we want him but for the first time I’m actually rooting for him ha ha.

    He wouldn’t be considering legal action if something hadn’t been in the works behind the scenes either, why pursue legal action if the buyers have walked away?

    4
  • jane

    Sep 9, 2020 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #36

    “Newcastle United can confirm that the Premier League has rejected a takeover bid made by PCP Capital Partners, the Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) based on its Owners and Directors test.

    This conclusion has been reached despite the club providing the Premier League with overwhelming evidence and legal opinions that PIF is independent and autonomous of the Saudi Arabian government.

    The club and its owners do not accept that Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and the Premier League have acted appropriately in relation to this matter and will be considering all relevant options available to them.

    Mike Ashley understands fans’ frustrations and would like to reassure them that he has been fully committed to ensuring this takeover process reached completion as he felt it was in the best interests of the club. Mike continues to be fully supportive to Steve Bruce, the players and all the staff and wishes them well for the upcoming season.”

    https://www.nufc.co.uk/news/latest-news/club-statement-1/

    3
  • captainmarvel

    Sep 9, 2020 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #37

    It looks as if our Mikey is going to take Masters and Co. To court. This is not over by a long chalk, he seems to think he and the Sauds have a cast iron case..

    6
  • Dondatta13

    Sep 9, 2020 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #38

    I’d like to hear the PL answer subsequent questions in a court of law regarding Hoffmans friendship with Keys and his grudge on the North East over his departure from Northern Rock and his forced forfeit of a pay off bonus…

    4
  • Bambams

    Sep 9, 2020 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Its all happening now….
    ” The club do not accept Masters and the PL have acted appropriately in relation to this matter and will be considering all relevant options available.

    The PL conclusion has been reached despite the club providing overwhelming evidence & legal opinions that PIF OF SA is independent ”

    This is what I have been hoping for and announced prior to Chi taking the petition to the HOC.

    Masters looks so incapable in this role.

    My opinion is the O&D will be changed now, PL won’t want a Court battle with SA nor will our Gov.

    5
  • Our Toon

    Sep 9, 2020 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #40

    Donk

    Man utd have a sponsorship deal with Saudi’s, they arent owners and arent going to have a say in the day to day running of the club. You can raise the issue of sponsorship but it would be laughed off as its a non starter as an issue. Owning a club or having a % in a club is massively different to sponsorship and only makes us look daft as fans raising it as an issue

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